A man who tortured and then murdered his partner’s two-year-old daughter has been killed in prison.
Subhan Anwar was convicted in February 2009 of murdering two-year-old Sanam Navsarka of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and was given a minimum 23-year sentence.
According to BBC News, the Ministry of Justice has said Anwar died on Thursday night at Long Lartin Prison in Worcestershire. Anwar is understood to have been held hostage in a cell before he was killed.
A Prison Service spokeswoman said:
“An incident at HMP Long Lartin on Thursday February 14 resulted in the death of prisoner Subhan Anwar. Two prisoners are now in police custody and the matter is being investigated by police.”
The two inmates have since been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A police spokesman told reporters:
“West Mercia Police has launched a murder investigation after a 24-year-old man died in Long Lartin prison last night. The body of the man was found by prison officers just before 8pm on Thursday, February 14.”
“Two men aged 47 and 45 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody. West Mercia Police is working closely with the Ministry of Justice to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this man’s death.”
In the original court case, Anwar’s partner, Zahbeena Navsarka, was cleared of her daughter’s murder but was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for nine years.
At the time, the court heard that the toddler had suffered 107 injuries at Anwar’s hands. During a month-long ordeal, a metal pole was used to shatter the child’s leg.
The child’s hand prints and bloodstains were found inside a cupboard where she had been put as a punishment at the couple’s home in Huddersfield and also at a property in Batley, West Yorkshire.
Both Sanam’s thigh bones had been fractured, causing fatty deposits to enter her bloodstream and resulting in her death. She died with fractures to all her limbs.
As well as putting her in a tumble dryer, Anwar dumped the toddler in the bin while her mother watched, Sky News reports.
During the couple’s sentencing in 2009, Judge Peter Thornton QC said:
“Your deliberate cruelty is beyond belief. Humanity has let her down.”
An additional systematic failure occurred when a social worker failed to pass on vital information about Sanam’s abuse just one week before she was murdered. As a result, the social worker, Judyth Kenworthy, was suspended in January 2011.
Long Lartin is a maximum security prison near Evesham in the West Midlands area of the UK which holds up to 622 inmates who must be serving a threshold sentence of four years.
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